A student at Northwestern gave a presentation about a STOC 1989 paper. I've been to well over a hundred conferences and the memories of many just merge into each other. But some conferences stand out in one's life and STOC 1989 was definitely one of those for me.
I was just finishing my Ph.D. at MIT and took my first trip to Seattle for this conference. The Boston Red Sox were staying at the conference hotel and we saw them lose to the Mariners in the Kingdome, a stadium I do not miss. I gave a talk on a paper that we later had to retract.
But above all I remember going to this mid-May conference with no job offers for the next year. I had planned to spend the reception asking people about job opportunities but my heart wasn't in it and I started drinking instead. Janos Simon came up to me and told me that Chicago would be making me an offer. It took all I had to give a coherent response and not toss my cookies on him.
The student was a baby at the time.